This course, offered by Coursera, was developed by Duke University. It is comparable to the introductory Java course taught to Duke students, and it can be applied to multiple specialization certificate programs. It takes a little over 13 hours to complete and is designed as a 4-week curriculum.
Created by: Owen Astrachan
Produced in 2015
What you will learn
- Editing, compiling and running Java programs
- Conditionals and loops
- Java API documentation
- Debugging and the scientific method
- Practical application of solving problems with Java programs
- Utilizing test cases
- Class creation and use
- Techniques to use multiple methods in a single program
Overall Score : 96 / 100
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- Course challenges students to ensure that lessons lead to a deep understanding of concepts and applications.
- Forums and online peer resources empower students to overcome challenges and learn more in the process.
- When used towards specialization, course helps acquire valuable professional certifications.
- This may be an introductory course, but it is not designed for beginners. A coding or computer science background is expected for students to succeed.
- Assignments are challenging to a degree disproportionate with the difficulty of the lessons.
- Time to complete challenges may dramatically eclipse time required to get through lectures.
Owen Astrachan is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Computer Science at Duke University. He has taught computer science at Duke for more than 25 years and taught high school for seven years before starting at Duke. In recent years, Professor Astrachan has worked with colleagues to redesign Duke's introductory computer science course to reach a broader range of students at Duke from a variety of backgrounds and fields. He also leads the Computer Science Principles project, which is completely grounded in a philosophy of engendering interest in new and previously untargeted/uninterested students, broadening participation in computing. Professor Astrachan received an NSF Career award, the NSF CISE Distinguished Education Fellow award, received two teaching awards at Duke and a teaching award when teaching on a sabbatical leave at the University of British Columbia. Professor Astrachan holds a PhD in Computer Science and a Master of Arts in Teaching (Mathematics), both from Duke University.